Dogs – Grass Eaters

Cats eat cat grass, why do dogs too?
A craving for unnatural, non-food items is called pica in medical terms. Some dogs just enjoy eating grass, but that does not necessarily mean that they have pica. Some little nibbling is pretty common in dogs (mine does it too), and they seem to enjoy it.

As long as your dog does not start to eat grass excessively there is no danger this little snacking will turn into pica. However, if you notice him eating a lot of grass, quite frequently, consult your veterinarian. No one really knows why some dogs eat grass, it is one of the mysteries of the dog world!
My current dog is the first grass eater, and I had several dogs. I think it is unlikely that there is a reason for dogs to nibble on grass. Maybe they like the taste, maybe they try to settle an upset stomach, we don’t really know.
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Dogs and Digging – They Love It

Digging occurs for many reasons. Dogs dig to bury and recover bones; they dig cooling pits when it’s hot and warming pits when it’s cold; they dig up prey and they dig dens. Digging is a highly enjoyable and natural canine activity. Lack of exercise, prolonged confinement and boredom can also cause digging. Once digging starts, it can quickly become a habit.

Preventing Digging
If you provide your dog with regular walks, runs, play-time and training, the chances are you will not have a digging problem. But until your dog has been taught that digging up your garden is not allowed, he should not be confined indoors or to a dog run, a certain area of the yard. Though this is not the solution; it is a temporary measure until your dog can be trusted not to destroy your garden or freshly planted bulbs. (more…)

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Dog Training – What to do about excessive dog barking

Barking is a normal dog behavior. Cats meow, birds sing, and canines bark, whine and howl. Every dog will bark, some more, some less. It is unrealistic to think that you can teach a dog NOT to bark at all. It is desirable though to keep barking under control. So when it comes to Dog Training, What to do about excessive dog barking, read on the learn all about how to correct this behavior.

Dogs who are alone and locked up in crates or apartments for a long period of time will eventually start barking as a hobby. Nobody is there to control him, he has a lot of pent-up energy, and so barking becomes an enjoyable distraction. Many dogs that start barking actually continue with that habit, it looks as if they do this just for the fun of it.

Excessive dog barking might also be a sign of separation anxiety. To control barking you have to realize first that the barking is caused by something. Either the dog is bored, frustrated, lonely, frightened, each one of these reasons might trigger barking.

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Obedience Training: Teaching Your Dog To “Leave It”

The goal of teaching your dog to “leave it” is to protect him or your valuables. There are many things that don’t belong in your dog’s mouth. Whether it’s harmful or not, you probably don’t want your dog to eat certain things of yours, and this command can also hinder the investigation of something that he doesn’t belong in.

If your dog has already picked up something in its mouth, use the command “drop it” instead, which will also have to be taught. “Leave it” is important information for your dog to know; it lets him know what’s acceptable to chew on, eat, or investigate.
One method of teaching this command is by using the dog’s curiosity to your advantage. Leash your dog and allow him to play with a favorite toy for a few minutes. When she is sufficiently distracted, throw a new item into her field of vision. Most dogs will show interest in the new item and want to check it out.
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Obedience Training: Teaching Your Dog Not To Jump Up

Many dog owners have this common problem. You’ve just gotten home from a long day at work and your large breed dog is beside himself to see you. He jumps up, pushing the bag of groceries out of your hand. Or you’re answering the door to your neighbor, and your too-friendly pet jumps up. Not only is this behavior considered rude, it can also be dangerous if your visitor is a child or elderly.

Any behavior that gets a positive reward is likely to be repeated. Never reward your dog for jumping up. Sometimes it’s obvious, but there are subtle triggers that can keep your dog jumping on people. If he’s met with petting or a warm welcome then he’s likely to continue the behavior. You need to let your dog know that you don’t like that and he won’t be getting anything pleasant until he’s calmly on all-fours.
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How To Choose A Puppy

Choosing a puppy can be a difficult choice sometimes as they are so cute and cuddly and irresistible. First, you must decide on what breed suits your family, home, and lifestyle. Instead of buying on emotional impulse you should choose your new pup wisely and put some thought into the decision.

Here are some points to think of when considering how to choose a puppy
**Do you have kids? – younger or older
**Do you have a well-fenced yard?
**Do you want a lap dog that will keep you company all day or one that will love going for walks to the park, play ball, go for a swim and do obedience training
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Dog Training – Obedience

You have the new love of your life and it’s all a walk in the park from here, right? Wrong. Dog training obedience is an extremely significant part of being a pet owner. Owning a dog is a big job and it is up to you as the owner and carer of your pet to train her properly. It is never to soon to start training your dog or indeed is it too late.

A well-trained dog will be a loved and proud member of the family. Training a dog is sometimes seen as a difficult and time-consuming task that is something that other people do with their dogs. It is every dog owners responsibility to train their animal to the best of their ability.
When done properly dog training is extremely rewarding for both the pet and the owner. The owner has a dog he can be proud of and the dog will respect its owner and their property. (more…)

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Crate Training For Dogs…A Simple Way!

Crate training for dogs is great for dogs and their owners! The advantages are many. Transporting your dog becomes simple, not a chore, if your dog is used to a crate. Trips to the vet or most anywhere are simple with a crate trained dog.

Also, you can easily confine your pet when necessary with little stress or damage to your home. You can include the dog in what’s going on without requiring constant attention from you. Also, house training if necessary is much simpler.
The negatives of crate training for dogs are few. Some dogs just can’t handle confinement, maybe because of their background. Dogs from a shelter for example. Some people may leave the dogs in the crates too long. And it does take time and patience to train a dog to a crate. (more…)

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Remote Dog Training Collars-Does Your Dog Need An Attitude Adjustment

Who wouldn’t want a well-trained dog that everyone enjoys having around? Let’s face it. No one wants a dog that bites, nips, barks, digs, jumps, begs or growls, but how do you achieve the preferred behaviors and eliminate the unwanted ones?

Simply put, the answer is training. At the very least, you want your dog to know and obey the basic commands of sit, stay, come, down and heel.
Maybe you can get your dog to obey when he is on a leash but the second he is loose, you have lost all control. Not only is this a cause for major frustration, it also puts your dog at risk from any one of a number of hazards. So how do you train your dog to obey on and off the leash? The simple solution is a remote dog training collars. (more…)

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Training Aggressive Dog Behavior in 4 steps

Aggressive dogs come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Training aggressive dog behavior is essential because an aggressive dog is on a path to destruction. A dog with an aggressive tendency if treated properly while young, can be a very pleasant and enjoyable pet.

If training is delayed until adulthood, the problems are much more challenging. Vicious dogs can be a menace to anyone exposed to them. So for all concerned an aggressive dog must be turned around.
Aggressive dog behavior may be directed toward other dogs or it may be directed toward people. Aggression may be in the form of growling, barking, baring of the teeth, lunging, snapping or ultimately biting. All this behavior is unacceptable and must be controlled. (more…)

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